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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere: “The Wars to Come”

Apr 14, 2015

Directed by: Michael Slovis Written by: David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss “You Win or You Die.” These, the infamous words that former Queen Cersei once said to the late Ned Stark. Now, it...

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True Detective

TRUE DETECTIVE, BALLERS and THE BRINK Premiere 06.21.15

Apr 9, 2015

Here is the official Press Release relating to HBO’s summer 2015 schedule. HBO has confirmed that the second season of TRUE DETECTIVE and the new series BALLERS and THE BRINK will debut...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season 2 Premiere: “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Apr 17, 2015

Your favorite tech geeks are back! And while the end of the last season seemed to mark a turn in fortune for this lovable yet awkward group of guys, the season 2 premiere made it evident that...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: LET’S BE COPS

Apr 17, 2015

 HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review LET”S BE COPS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R-rated comedy playing on HBO....

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VICE: “The Post-Antibiotic World” / “Indonesia’s Palm Bomb”

VICE: “The Post-Antibiotic World” / “Indonesia’s Palm Bomb”

  Overview: It is a scary world and on top of it all we face “The Post-Antibiotic World.” We rely on antibiotics to treat everything from stomach bugs to skin rashes to bronchitis. In fact, we’ve been overusing them, which has produced a new crop of dangerous bacterial infections that can’t be treated by something from the pharmacy. The more we use antibiotics, the more these superbugs build up their resistance. It’s an evolutionary battle, and the humans are losing. The projections are dire: According to some experts, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill ten million people a year by 2050, surpassing cancer...

Movies on HBO: LET’S BE COPS

Movies on HBO: LET’S BE COPS

 HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review LET”S BE COPS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R-rated comedy playing on HBO. LET’S BE COPS premieres on Saturday, 04.18 at 8:00pm and will air the following dates on the main channel: 04.19 at 2:15am and 7:10pm and 04.22 at 8:00pm It will also run on the other channels as well as on HBOGo/HBONow. LET’S BE COPS is about two hapless dudes, Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake M. Johnson who thought it cool to dress up as police officers for a costume party. They end up, somehow, being seen as the real thing which gets them tangled up in all...

Silicon Valley Season 2 Premiere: “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Silicon Valley Season 2 Premiere: “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Your favorite tech geeks are back! And while the end of the last season seemed to mark a turn in fortune for this lovable yet awkward group of guys, the season 2 premiere made it evident that despite Pied Pipers success at Tech Crunch Disrupt, not much has changed. Mike Judge does a terrific job of reminding us of all the awkward quirks and tendencies that each member of Pied Piper has when he starts off the episode with the Pied Piper team at a reception hosted at the Giants stadium. Erlich is still obsessed with himself and his abilities to network, Gilfoyle and Dinesh still find themselves getting in competitive arguments, and Richard is...

Sarah Jessica Parker Has a New HBO Series: Divorce

Sarah Jessica Parker Has a New HBO Series: Divorce

A middle-aged woman makes her way through a fast-paced, New York City world as a single lady… wait… does any of this sound familiar?  In a good way though, right?!  Sex and the City is one of the biggest HBO series’ of all time and fans have been clamoring for more ever since the second movie rolled its credits.  Now, another series starring SJP has just been ordered to series on HBO! Divorce centers on Parker as she contemplates splitting up with her husband (Thomas Haden Church).  She’s been having an affair, of course!  Sounds like drama but we’re hearing it’s more or a comedy.  Maybe it will...

HBO Documentary Films: LIVING WITH LINCOLN

HBO Documentary Films: LIVING WITH LINCOLN

Overview: In the years following the Civil War, ancestors of documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt collected a treasure trove of photographs, rare books and other artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln. Over the decades, their descendants carried on the work, helping to preserve an essential part of America’s past. Directed by Kunhardt (HBO’s Emmy-winning JFK: IN HIS OWN WORDS) and Brian Oakes, LIVING WITH LINCOLN explores his family’s physical and emotional connection to the president, revealing a personal side of the immortal leader through a modern-day journey of discovery, obsession, depression and despair.  Narrated by...

Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere: “The Wars to Come”

Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere: “The Wars to Come”

Directed by: Michael Slovis Written by: David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss “You Win or You Die.” These, the infamous words that former Queen Cersei once said to the late Ned Stark. Now, it seems as though the tide has turned against Cersei, and we all want to see those words come back to slap her in the face. There were winners and there were losers in the season premiere. It reminds you just how careful you ought to be in Westeros: you pick the wrong friend or ally and it could all be over in the blink of an eye.Speaking of which, we start the episode with one flashback – and book readers know what goes down – a young, petulant...

Documentary Development Slate: Mapplethorpe, Kramer and More

Documentary Development Slate: Mapplethorpe, Kramer and More

It is pretty quite on the Documentary front after the heavy onslaught we have witnessed with THE JINX, CITIZENFOUR and GOING CLEAR, but some new documentaries are on the horizon. We take a moment to learn of some of them.Controversial Artist Robert Mapplethorpe Gets DocumentaryHis artistic contributions are not mainstream, but that doesn’t stop HBO. Artist Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of a new documentary put into motion by HBO’s Sheila Nevins. Many documentaries are already works in progress that HBO obtains the rights to; some have already been seen at film festivals and even theatrical release, but the Mapplethorpe is a...

BALLERS and THE BRINK Release Videos

BALLERS and THE BRINK Release Videos

The two new comedies joining TRUE DETECTIVE in June have released their first major footage. The exact details of the series BALLERS and THE BRINK have been vague, but now that they have been announced to appear on the schedule more details are surfacing. Now we have trailers to help define that much more.  First up is BALLERS starring Dwayne Johnson. This show is defined as ENTOURAGE meets professional sports figures. Instead of Hollywood, making movies, babes and agents we change it up to Miami, making plays, babes and agents. Man, those babes and agents get around, don’t they? The show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he...

VEEP Returns for Season 5, but with New Showrunner

VEEP Returns for Season 5, but with New Showrunner

Hail to the Chief! There is only one First Lady and it is Selina Meyer, so sorry Hiliary! HBO has just announced that Julia Louis Dreyfus and her posse will return for Season 5 of VEEP in 2016. Though there is no big fanfare attached an official Press Release had this to say – LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2015 – HBO has renewed the comedy series VEEP for a fifth season.  Created by Armando Iannucci, VEEP stars Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as new President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can have unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The Emmy-nominated series kicked off its ten-episode...

Silicon Valley Season 3 is Confirmed!

Silicon Valley Season 3 is Confirmed!

Silicon Valley will receive another round of funding from it’s parent corporation HBO!  Put another way: Silicon Valley Season 3 is GREEN BABY!  Season 2 kicked off last night just after the big Game of Thrones premiere.  HBO says they won’t be releasing ratings on a nightly basis anymore but since they’re renewing this series so quickly, we think they went well. Are you ready for another round of Silicon Valley?  Season 3 will probably premiere alongside Game of Thrones Season 6 in 2016.  Here’s the official announcement: LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2015 – HBO has renewed the comedy series SILICON VALLEY for a...

Game of Thrones: Why It’s Worth the Wait

Game of Thrones: Why It’s Worth the Wait

There’s no such thing as a true spoiler in Game of Thrones since the television series is based on a series of books that is already published but that doesn’t stop the show only fan’s hearts from dropping when possible book spoilers, or even show spoilers surface. Early this morning it was announced that episodes from tonight’s upcoming Season 5 were leaked on an illegal downloading site. Which means the world is about to get a lot more spoiler happy and a lot of us will be super careful about what we click on in the near future. If you’re one of the people tempted to search online for these illegal episodes instead of waiting...

VICE: “Synthetic Drug Revolution” / “Transsexuals of Iran”

VICE: “Synthetic Drug Revolution” / “Transsexuals  of Iran”

  Overview: In the world of synthetic drugs, man-made chemical compounds are often engineered to skirt narcotics laws-and have become some of the most frequently abused substances in American high schools. The makers of these drugs race to keep ahead of law enforcement by making incremental changes in the compounds’ molecular structure, even though the effects of those alterations can turn out to be dangerous. VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris tracks these chemicals back to the Chinese factories where many are made, and meets with the godfather of modern synthetic drugs at his remote lab in New Zealand. VICE follows the stories...

Snoop Dogg Drama in the Planning at HBO

Snoop Dogg Drama in the Planning at HBO

Yes, you read that right – Snoop Dogg. Actually he is a fan of HBO, don’t ya know? He has appeared on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, done soundtrack work for OZ, ENTOURAGE and THE WIRE plus is on the GAME OF THRONES Mixtape II wit “Lannister’s Anthem” and made the video “Oh Sookie” about everyone’s favorite fairy on TRUE BLOOD. He is looking to add the job of producer to those credits at the big network with a potential drama. Director/producer Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Gang Related and writer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) are linking up with the Dogg to create an untitled drama which will be set in...

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men as a franchise has been hit or miss over the last fifteen (wow fifteen?) years. The first trilogy of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine dominated films had at least two good movies, the follow up Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was all around mediocre. After that the studio decided to take a break from Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in order to center the film on the much more interesting characters of Professor X and Magneto in X-Men: First Class. X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, fighting for the future with tag-alongs from all the other movies against the Sentinels; robots...

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